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San Antonio, Texas

Today we head off to the heart of Texas where some of my relatives reside, San Antonio! As we draw closer and closer to summer, let’s see how warm it’s getting down in the Lone Star State!

At 953pm CDT, the temperature at San Antonio, TX was 72 degrees under overcast skies. While high pressure is pushing south from the Northern High Plains, a mid-level disturbance is working its way through CO/NM and looks to swing through TX over the next 24 hours. Scattered storms are already firing over Western TX and look to push eastward throughout the day, bringing some inclement weather to the San Antonio weather in the afternoon and early-evening hours. It’s a quick moving system so the area should be cleared by late evening as high pressure continues to build over the state overnight into Wednesday. Wednesday will be warmer and sunny, so a pleasant day looks to be in the store as dew points will be 15-20 degrees lower than Tuesday! Enjoy!

Tuesday: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms. High 78, Low 65.
Wednesday: Sunny and warmer. High 86, Low 60.

TWC: Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 80, Low 64.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 86, Low 57.

AW: Tuesday: A p.m. thunderstorm in spots. High 82, Low 66.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and less humid. High 86, Low 56.

NWS: Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 82, Low 65.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 85, Low 58.

WB: Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 77, Low 64.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 82, Low 57.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms. High 82, Low 68.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 84, Low 59.

FIO: Tuesday: Light rain starting in the afternoon. High 81, Low 59.
Wednesday: Light rain overnight and in the afternoon. High 71, Low 57.

Here we see many showers and thunderstorms off to the northwest of San Antonio and generally headed in their direction. Could be a stormy day tomorrow for the area before clearing out midweek.

When Weather Meets Sports

Often times, sports are at the mercy of the elements. Football games are played in the rain and snow and ridiculous cold. Soccer matches are played in blistering heat and drowning humidity. Baseball games are usually what we equate most to being affected by the elements since teams usually encounter several rain delays a season. However, today is the 38th anniversary of a game that was greatly affected by another weather element… wind!

On May 17th, 1979, the Philadelphia Phillies played the Chicago Cubs in south-southwesterly winds steady at 20-25mph and gusting to almost 40mph at times. The Windy City certainly lived up to its name, since that wind direction blows straight out to left at Wrigley Field. Wrigley is famous (or infamous) for games in which the wind blows out, since balls that are normally hit as long fly outs often times wind up landing in the bleachers. This game was no exception but wound up becoming an extreme example. By the time the game was over after 10 innings, the two teams combined for 11 home runs and an incredible 45 runs, as the Phillies defeated the Cubs 23-22. Those 45 runs are the 2nd most in a MLB game in history, with the Phillies and Cubs combining for 49 back in the 1920s.

Today, the Reds and Cubs played a game in which “only” 12 runs, but the winds were gusty from the south-southwest once again. In fact, one Reds batter hit a ball that given it’s trajectory leaving the bat has NEVER been a home run… until tonight. Gotta love weather, never know what it will affect on a day to day basis!

Warm Weather Then Washout?

Spring is finally taking hold over the Upper Midwest, with temperatures this weekend finally pushing into the 80s for the first time all year in the Twin Cities. The forecast not only calls for a couple more days in the 80s, but even a possible run at 90 for Tuesday. Sweltering even! However, the big story of the next few days isn’t the increasing heat, it’s the impending deluge that is taking aim at the Upper Midwest. A couple areas of low pressure look to eject along a stationary boundary that’s setting up over the region, and with them comes plentiful moisture from the south. The SPC has issued a Slight risk for southern MN for Monday and also extends through the area for Tuesday. This boundary is going to the the likely focus of training thunderstorms over the next couple of days, which could inundate newly planted crops when farmers were able to take advantage of the last few dry, sunny days. Rain is always good to help kickstart some new crops, but too much of a good thing could stop them before they even get a chance to get going.

Steady As She Goes

A hot, dry forecast was in the books for Brownsville, and it didn’t disappoint. It was a bit cloudier in the mornings than expected, but that didn’t stop temperatures from hitting the 90s both days. Temperatures were very even across both days, which I’m sure made it easy for people to plan how to go about their days. Accuweather edged out the victory.

Wednesday: High 90, Low 77.
Thursday: High 91, Low 78.
Forecast Grade: A-B

Jonesboro, Arkansas

A storm system has been affecting the south the last few days, but will it finally give way to the residents of Jonesboro?! Or will it be a soggy Mother’s Day weekend?

At 953pm CDT, the temperature at Jonesboro, AR was 64 degrees under overcast skies. A slow-moving low pressure system brought plenty of rain and storms to the area over the last couple of days, but as that moves off to the east overnight tonight, high pressure will be building over the region. Clouds should dissipate overnight, giving way to a sunny morning. These clear skies are expected to last throughout the Mother’s Day Weekend, with temperatures perking up a few degrees for Sunday. What a lovely weekend!

Saturday: Sunny. High 78, Low 55.
Sunday: Sunny and warmer. High 83, Low 55.

TWC: Saturday: Sunny. High 77, Low 54.
Sunday: Sunny. High 82, Low 58.

AW: Saturday: Pleasant and warmer. High 77, Low 54.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High 81, Low 55.

NWS: Saturday: Sunny. High 77, Low 55.
Sunday: Sunny. High 82, Low 57.

WB: Saturday: Sunny. High 76, Low 56.
Sunday: Sunny. High 80, Low 57.

WN: Saturday: Sunny. High 77, Low 55.
Sunday: Sunny. High 82, Low 57.

FIO: Saturday: Clear throughout the day. High 79, Low 56.
Sunday: Clear thoughout the day. High 84, Low 56.

Here we see some rain showers off to the south of Jonesboro, the last vestiges of the low pressure system pulling away from the area.

Hagerstown, Maryland to Johnson City, Tennessee

Today’s road trip falls just short of 400 miles, but will traverse 4 states as we travel through Appalachia. It’s just a day trip, but are there storms out there that will slow us down?

It will be mostly cloudy but dry to start the day driving southwards into western VA. However, a boundary that’s been camping out over the Virginias into NC over the last couple of days, and by midday, showers and thunderstorms will develop south of Roanoke. We’ll be dodging these storms for the duration of the afternoon as we continue down I-81 and eventually into Johnson City. We’re not anticipating any severe weather from these storms, but they could slow us down a bit at times.

Brownsville, Texas

Today we venture to one of the furthest south cities in the USA, Brownsville, TX! Sitting right at the USA/Mexico border, this city often sees scorching summer heat. Will these next couple of days see that or will the Gulf cool them off a tad?

At 1253am CDT, the temperature at Brownsville, TX was 80 degrees under overcast skies. High pressure is sitting firmly over the FL Peninsula, extending its’ reach throughout the Gulf of Mexico. A low pressure system attempting to become more organised over the Southern High Plains is kicking off plenty of thunderstorms from western KS to western TX tonight, but are making very little eastern progress. Pieces of energy will continue to eject from this system over the next couple of days, but will ride up and over the high pressure system through the Mid-MS River Valley into the OH Valley, pretty much bypassing eastern and far southern TX. Some very isolated shower activity may spring up during the day, but that activity should remain further inland. Gusty southerly winds are anticipated over the next couple of days, but outside of mostly cloudy skies heading into the weekend, that will be about as bad it gets.

Wednesday: Thinning clouds in afternoon, otherwise mostly cloudy. High 88, Low 76.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, a hint warmer High 90, Low 75.

TWC: Wednesday: Partly cloudy and windy. High 89, Low 74.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 91, Low 76.

AW: Wednesday: Partly sunny, breezy, humid. High 89, Low 76.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, humid. High 91, Low 76.

NWS: Wednesday: Decreasing clouds and breezy. High 87, Low 75.
Thursday: Decreasing clouds. High 90, Low 76.

WB: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 87, Low 76.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 88, Low 77.

WN: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 88, Low 75.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 90, Low 75.

FIO: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 89, Low 76.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy until afternoon. High 92, Low 76.

Here we see just some high clouds over southern TX, meanwhile far western TX/eastern NM continues to see some bright cloudtops, indicative of thunderstorms continuing to affect the area.

Grand Junction, Colorado

At 835am MDT, the temperature at Grand Junction, CO was 55 degrees under fair skies. High pressure found over the Western US is going to keep the Four Corners area dry today and throughout Friday. Saturday will see the storm system currently off the West Coast push inland and into the Rockies. Increasing clouds expected throughout the day on Saturday, with some scattered showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm shifting into the area late Saturday evening into Sunday.

Friday: Sunny and warm. High 84, Low 51.
Saturday: Increasing afternoon clouds, an isolated thunderstorm possible in late evening hours. High 83, Low 54.

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 86, Low 51.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, and isolated thunderstorm possible. High 83, Low 55.

AW: Friday: Mostly sunny and very warm. High 85, Low 49.
Saturday: A thunderstorm around. High 83, Low 53.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 86, Low 50.
Saturday: Partly sunny, isolated thunderstorm in late evening. High 84, Low 55.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 84, Low 48.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 82, Low 51.

WN: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 86, Low 52.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. High 84, Low 55.

FIO: Friday: Clear throughout the day. High 86, Low 50.
Saturday: Light rain overnight. High 82, Low 55.

Here we see the Western US is very quiet, with a storm system well off the West Coast. This will eventually give us a bit of showery weather later on in the weekend.

Another Cruel Joke

They said April showers bring May flowers, but nobody said what April blizzards bring. A rather potent low pressure system raked the Central US this weekend and isn’t done yet. Flooding rains have inundated northeast OK to central IL/southern IN as well as the Central Gulf Coast. Spots along the MS River at far southern MS/IL could be looking at record crests over the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, further off to the west, an epic blizzard slammed the Plains from the TX Panhandle up into central NE, and the snow is expected to fall all the way to northeastern MN. Several reports of over a foot are found from the NW TX Panhandle to western KS, and videos showed areas with 2-3 foot drifts everywhere. Certainly not what one would want to see with May just minutes away. Luckily the snow will melt off fairly quick with highs in the 50s and 60s coming up in the next few days, but still, it’s going to be a nuisance as people try to go to work and school tomorrow!

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Today we head off to the home of the Wolverines, Ann Arbor! Although the football coach seems to be gallivanting around Europe, let’s see what the students will see for the weekend!

At 853pm EDT, the temperature at Ann Arbor, MI was 56 degrees under overcast skies. An elongated stationary boundary is found camping out from southern New England back through the Ohio Valley and continues to an intensifying area of low pressure over the Southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to train along this boundary throughout the early morning hours, keeping the Ann Arbor area mainly dry and we head into midday. One area of low pressure is expected to develop along the boundary in MO and kick up some a round of heavier rain and thunderstorms as it pushes into the Great Lakes during the late evening. As the overall system intensifies and starts to occlude, the center of the system will push further towards the Great Lakes, with the boundary lifting northward ahead of it. This brings southern Michigan pretty much right in the path of heavier rain and thunderstorms throughout the evening hours on Sunday. Overall, unfortunately, it looks to be like a pretty dreary weekend. On the bright side, temperatures will lift noticeably for Sunday!

Saturday: Evening rain showers and thunderstorms. High 54, Low 45.
Sunday: Morning rain, heavy at times. Possible evening thunderstorms. High 64, Low 43.

TWC: Saturday: Showers. High 52, Low 42.
Sunday: Thunderstorms. High 62, Low 40.

AW: Saturday: A shower; cooler. High 50, Low 43.
Sunday: Rain and a t-storm; warmer. High 63, Low 41.

NWS: Saturday: Showers likely. High 53, Low 44.
Sunday: Showers likely. High 62, Low 43.

WB: Saturday: 50% chance of rain showers. High 52, Low 43.
Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 62, Low 42.

WN: Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 54, Low 43.
Sunday: Cloudy with thunderstorms likely. High 61, Low 43.

FIO: Saturday: Light rain overnight and in the afternoon. High 59, Low 47.
Sunday: Rain starting overnight. High 77, Low 45.

Here we see some light rain showers passing off to the south of the area. A very heavy swath of rain is found from St. Louis clear through Columbus, which looks to start shifting northward over the weekend.